Filing a Workers Compensation claim can be challenging, especially ensuring you get all the deserved benefits. If not done correctly, one may lose their ability to get compensation. The following are the steps for filing a worker’s compensation claim with an attorney or workers’ comp Tampa lawyer.
The first step in filing a claim is to report the incident as soon as possible. Though Florida requires one to file the case within 30 (thirty) days, it is advisable to report the injury as soon as it occurs. This is to help build a stronger case and avoid the risk of denial of benefits. Filing is done by giving notice to someone at a managerial position.
In the event that the victim is not able to personally file for the claim, example due to hospitalization, a formal notification can be excused provided the employer is made aware of the existence of the incidence.
Provide necessary information
The employee should then provide detailed information of all witnesses, when, where and how the injury or illness took place.
The employee should then get examined to assess the full extent or severity of the injury or illness. The employer should provide the list of all authorized medical providers. These medical providers should be approved to handle workers compensation cases.
Obtain medical evidence
Medical evidence is the most important evidence for workers compensation claims, and is used to determine the severity of the party’s injuries. There however should be a direct link between your job and the cause of the injury. Evidence provided by the doctor will go a long way in helping you get the benefits available for the injury.
Compensation starts once the comp carrier has been notified. The comp carrier pays the medical bills, partial income and all other benefits available to the victim.
To ensure compensation, file the claim with the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation within two (2) years of the injury or illness. Consulting a qualified attorney will increase the chances of getting all the deserved benefits.